Hong Kong elite athletes should take a page from their disabled brethren and effect top-class results in order get the necessary governmental support. That was the clear message given by the team manager of the triumphant disabled team who returned home from the Disability World Athletics Championships in Birmingham with three gold medals and three world records. Former Hong Kong female rowing champion Ho Kim-fai, who is now executive director of the Hong Kong Sports Association for the Mentally Handicapped, said the Hong Kong disabled team had never been far behind other countries in terms of performance and that they had developed themselves 'early on'. Ho said Hong Kong athletes needed to show what they can do first before they can get the necessary government support to do well in their sports. She said: 'The disabled team has been looked after and they have been given more opportunities to play sports now. 'The athletes got the backup because they had already performed well and they showed us what they can do. Everybody knows that our disabled athletes can get good results [in the international arena] because they did well in the Paralympics in Atlanta.' Ho, the former East Asian Games gold medallist, said Hong Kong rowers had the potential to break world records, singling out star rower Fenella Ng Kar-loc as the SAR's best hope. 'She has definite potential considering she has been training for only three or four years. If she continues to improve and has the energy, she can do it. But it depends on her preparation, and conditions must be perfect on that day,' she said. Hong Kong sprinter So Wa-wai, who won three gold medals in Birmingham, said he was looking to break more world records at the next Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000. So, who suffers from cerebral palsy, clocked a world record time of 12.59 seconds in the men's 100 metres (class 36) and 26.14 seconds in the 200 metres. He then ran the anchor leg in the men's 4 ? 100 metres relay in world record time clocking 49.23 seconds. The other Hong Kong team members were Chan Shing-chung, Chao Kwok-pang and Cheung Yiu-cheung. It was the best performance by Hong Kong's disabled athletes at the Disability World Championships, which are held every four years. Two years ago, handicapped fencer Ben Cheung Wai-leung won four gold medals at the Paralympics in Atlanta. 'I didn't perform my best in Birmingham. I think I can go faster. I will continue to work hard,' said So, who was greeted by well-wishers on his arrival at the new airport.